Troubadour Silvio Rodriguez, the Cuban National Choir directed by Digna Guerra, flutist Niurka Gonzalez along with pianist Malva Rodriguez, and the Chamber Orchestra of Havana participated in the concert, as reported by the Presidency of the Republic on the X platform, formerly Twitter.
Chile’s Ambassador to Cuba, Patricia Esquenazi, thanked Mexico, and especially the people of Cuba and its historic leader Fidel Castro, and President Miguel Díaz-Canel, for being Cuba “the country that opened its arms to those who arrived sadly when the coup d’état took place. Thank you for accompanying us.”
Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez, Culture Minister Alpidio Alonso, part of the Chilean community living in Cuba, representatives of the diplomatic corps accredited in Cuba, and notable Cuban intellectuals attended the concert.
Fifty years ago, one of the darkest and bloodiest pages in the history of democracy and the workers’ movement in Latin America took place on the morning of September 11, 1973, when Palacio de la Moneda, the seat of the Executive, was bombed and assaulted.
The post-coup military repression was terrible: tens of thousands of people were segregated in prisons or in soccer stadiums turned into concentration camps, thousands were tortured and murdered, and many others, adherents to leftist parties or unions, had to flee, choosing the path of exile.